President Ford, err, Biden?

Bill Tatro
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Posted: May 16, 2013 12:01 AM

I never thought that I would be saying this, but it’s time we started addressing Joe Biden as “Mr. President.”  The U.S. Constitution stipulation of “high crimes and misdemeanors” is vast, but abuse of power and serious misconduct in office certainly fits this category. 

Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was impeached for challenging the Tenure of Office Act (1867) which prohibited the president from dismissing office holders without the Senate’s approval.  Johnson tested this federal law by acting alone and firing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, thus his action was the basis for impeachment.  However, the Senate did not convict and Johnson finished out his term.

Richard Nixon, the 37th U.S. President, is synonymous with Watergate, a failed attempt at burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex.  The subsequent cover-up along with the refusal to turn over evidence — in addition to illegal wiretapping, misuse of the CIA, perjury, bribery, and obstruction of justice — led the House Judiciary Committee to issue three articles of impeachment.  Nixon ultimately resigned, choosing to discontinue his second term in office. 

That led to the Joe Biden of that time, Gerald Ford becoming president.

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, is best known for one name — Monica Lewinsky.  Responding with such statements as, “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky,” as well as, “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is,” resulted in grand jury perjury, civil suit perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power.  Yet, like Johnson, the Senate did not convict and Clinton continued his presidency. 

Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton also have something else in common, namely that no American died due to their impeachable offenses.

After 4 ½ years in office, Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. President, has endured Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the current IRS targeting scandal, and now the Associated Press phone hacking dilemma, all to hang on his mantle. These are what we know of so far. Two of these four events have resulted in American lives being lost, while the other two have raised serious Constitutional issues.  Nevertheless, these are merely the actions which have come to the surface, only time will tell what is still hidden beneath the covers. 

Yet, what do we currently hear from our senators, congressmen, mainstream media, and even the conservative core?  We hear requests — not demands — for inquiries, committees, and investigations ad nauseam. 

If Barack Obama truly had no idea that all of this was occurring on his watch, he should be fired for total incompetence.  If, however, he knew anything about any one of these issues, he should be fired for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

We could start with his most recent lie, claiming he referred to Benghazi as a terrorist attack from day one.  Sorry, Barack, but your September 12, 2012 press conference held at the Rose Garden proves differently.     

We all know the Democratic Senate would never convict, but regardless, even the possibility of the truth ultimately surfacing would be very refreshing.  Congressmen, it’s time to impeach Barack Obama and (God help me) address Joe Biden as “Mr. President.”